Time Saving Cleaning Hacks for the Busy Travel Nurse: The Bathroom

June 14 / Posted by Christi Hintz

It can be easy to let household chores fall by the wayside when you’re super busy doing other things- like being an amazing travel nurse at your latest assignment. Because we know you’ve got a lot on your plate, we’ve rounded up some helpful cleaning hacks from around the internet to make cleaning easier and faster than ever.

Soak Instead of Scrub


A common theme we found on many cleaning blog posts was using vinegar to make cleaning easier- and to cut down on time actively scrubbing. If that sounds good to you, try some of these tips using vinegar around your bathroom.

Clean the Shower Head Fast


Trying to get a gross shower head clean? No need to scrub it when you can soak it instead. This quick tip comes from the Make Your Own Zone Blog. Fill a bag with distilled white vinegar and cover the shower head with it. Use a rubber band to secure it to the neck of the shower head. Leave the whole thing to soak for about an hour. Afterwards, remove the bag and gently wipe away grime with a paper towel. You’ll get a sparkling clean shower head without all the work!

Use Vinegar on the Faucet, Too


This tip comes from Cute as a Fox, who tested a few different Pinterest cleaning hacks on her blog. For this trick, we’re targeting the bathroom faucet and all that nasty build up that collects around it. You’ll need cleaning vinegar and some paper towels. Simply soak the paper towels with vinegar and place the towels around the base of the faucet. Let it soak for a while, and then wipe away the leftover grime with a wet paper towel. It should be much easier to clean now!

Let the Toilet Soak


This article from Better Home and Gardens recommends using vinegar and baking soda to keep your toilet bowl clean. Per their instructions, just pour one cup of vinegar into the bowl and let it soak overnight. Once it’s had adequate time to soak, pinch a little bit of baking soda into the bowl, clean it with the toilet bowl brush, and then flush.

Keep It Clean


The other way you can cut down on your bathroom cleaning is to find ways to keep your bathroom clean longer. Here are a few tips for doing just that.

Keep Your Toilet Bowl Brush Fresh and Clean


This is an easy one! The Home Depot blog recommends putting a little bit of all purpose cleaner (like pine sol) in the bottom of your toilet bowl cleaner holder. This will keep your scrub brush fresh and clean, and get you off to the right start every time you use it.

Fight Mold


If your assignment takes you somewhere humid, these tips will be particularly important. Remember to close and straighten your shower curtain and turn the fan on after a shower. You can also wipe down the shower walls and tub with a squeegee to prevent mold and build up in the shower.


We love a good time-saving cleaning tip, and we thought that you might, too. What are your favorite cleaning tips that save you time and effort on your everyday chores? Let us know in the comments below, and help out fellow travel nurses.

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